Monday, November 14, 2011

Winner of Uglee Pens.......

The winner of the Uglee Pen giveaway, chosen from, is comment #121:

I learned that The UGLee Pen only weights 11 grams! #4

I will be sending an email to Jessica also telling her of her win and requesting shipping information.
Congrats to Jessica and thanks to all who entered. Keep an eye out for more giveaways to come soon!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Veteran's Day Tribute

I've always been patriotic; I guess it really started around 1990 when the first Gulf War started. I remember being 13, sitting in front of the TV with my family the night Baghdad was bombed and being scared to death. I had never lived through a war at the time; like many my age at the time, we were sure they were going to attack us right back.

Over time, I discovered a love for the American Soldier; a respect for what they were doing to protect our country, our freedoms, our way of life. Even today, I'm still amazed at the fact there are men and women who are willing to face death, risk losing limbs, becoming disfigured, in an unknown country. I can honestly say, I don't have the guts to do that; but, I am so honored to know people who do.

I'm fortunate to have met many veterans during my life; from WW2 to the present day wars. I get so emotional when I hear all the heroic tales, funny stories, and the many not so funny stories they wish they could forget.

 I have posted pictures of a very special veteran who has held my heart for 17 years. My husband enlisted in the United States Army two months after 9/11; he wanted to help his country and avenge the deaths of those 3000 people we watched needlessly perish that day 10 years ago. I can tell you, his decision shocked me; we were a young married couple with a 2 year old daughter and Shawn wasn't exactly the best worker (he would tell you the same thing now).  I know he wouldn't mind me telling you this, but, he was quite lazy and immature; he couldn't hold a job for anything. When he enlisted though, he changed; he worked his butt off to get in shape, he ran miles during basic training in pain and dry heaving, but never gave up.

I was not the most optimistic wife, I'm ashamed to say; I really didn't think he had it in him to last 4 months of basic. The first two pictures below, are of Shawn the day he graduated; he proved me wrong, and I'm so glad he did.

When we saw him for the first time after four months, he amazed me; so mature and polished, and the uniform was, shall I say, a nice little added touch for me :)  He was a real man and was so very proud of him. 

We were stationed at Ft.Lewis in Washington State with the 1/5 Infantry Division C Co.

Living in a small city of soldiers, I saw the brightest and the best and Shawn never disappointed me. He continued working hard, receiving several medals for his service, and working up in rank.

In 2004, he was deployed to Iraq for a year long tour; I was 4 months pregnant with our twin daughters. Deployments are hard on our soldiers, and I don't say that lightly. He worked 7 days a week, 12 hours a day; he wrote or called when he could. Letters were filled with loneliness and calls were filled with exhaustion; everyday for him was filled with the fact that it could be his last. He knew that while we were eating Thanksgiving dinner, opening Christmas presents, and celebrating the birth of our daughters; he was sitting in a guard shack with one other soldier keeping the enemy from the base. This base in Mosul was attacked daily by mortars; could you imagine going to bed every night for a year to bombs going off all around you-It's loud and it shakes everything hard within miles of it. One day, 10 minutes after he left the mess hall, right before Christmas, an Iraqi suicide bomber dressed in US BDU's, blew himself up inside this mess hall, killing 24 other soldiers. Shawn had to help place those killed in the blast into body bags; one of which was a close friend. Everything about this deployment took its toll on him, physically and mentally; I'm not going to tell you he didn't complain, because he did-ALOT! I don't blame him though; there is nothing fun or easy about what he did or any other soldier has ever done. Its grueling work, whether its wartime or in more peaceful times. Shawn mentioned going to bed every night wondering if our 5 year old would remember him when he came home, whether I got used to him being gone or tired of living this kind of life, whether anyone really cared what he was doing there; those thoughts would eat him up and are sad for me to even think of.

 This job not only affects the soldier, but their families; there is a lot of time spent apart, a lot of time listening and attempting to comfort each other, a lot of worrying and struggles. Truthfully, after being a mother, the hardest job I've ever had was when I was a military wife; I'm trying to remain humble here, but it definitely takes a special person to be the spouse of a soldier. I never felt special, just honored; it didn't bother me that he wasn't home for our anniversary 3 years in a row, or my birthday; I sort of felt like this was my little way of serving this country.  I watched many wives that just couldn't handle it and headed back to their hometowns or found someone new; however, on the other hand, many wives and husbands stood strong and were their spouses biggest supporters.

My husband was honorably discharged a few years ago; and he has taken the work ethics he learned in the military and carried them over into civilian life. He is a hard worker, a great father, and an even better husband and friend. It was difficult when he returned back home, I would imagine for all veterans its hard to fall back into the fray and just become forgotten.

I honor my husband, and I honor all veterans past and present who have bravely fought for this country. The pay is horrible, the hours are long, and the job is dangerous; but you've faced it courageously and with dignity. To those who lost their lives, may you forever rest in peace and never ever be forgotten!
God Bless each one of you and God Bless America.

(this is our daughter Sarah and the twins are in the strollers below at the Welcome Home Ceremony 2005)

Veteran Ceremony at our children's school (2010), Shawn's the big guy in the middle row

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Review : The Slice™ Safety Cutter - Great For Couponers!

If you have ever read any of my previous reviews, you  know that I give my honest opinions of those products; I either love them or hate them, and will tell you so. The Slice Safety Cutter is one of those products that I LOVE!!!

I'm not much of a couponer, but I do occasionally find a few that I will put to use. The Slice Safety Cutter may change that for me; this is by far one of the best slicers I have ever used.
When I first opened the package I thought I had a faulty product, I couldn't find any semblance of a blade except a tiny microscopic blip at the tip. I thought, well maybe that is it; so I got a piece of paper and sure enough, it quickly cut right though. I feel in love; and began thinking of all the possibilities of use for this product.
If you are a couponer, you will never want to use scissors again after trying out The Slice. It cuts out coupons in the fraction of a time that it takes using scissors; this is also great if you have kids and don't want scissors accidently get picked up by one of them. As I mentioned before, the blade is so small you won't have to worry about getting cut or pricked; but, just big enough to cut through paper, pictures, or plastic wrap (on CD's and DVD's)
The Slice Safety cutter is great for Scrapbooking, news articles, coupons, art projects, plastic packages. It even includes a hole for you to place it on your key ring and a magnet if you prefer to store it on your fridge or metal cabinet.
Other Features 
-Easy to carry in your purse so you can easily cut coupons at the store
- Ceramic blade lasts longer than steel
- Stays sharp and never rusts
- Built-in magnet and key-ring hole
- Finger-Friendly™ Design
- For left- and right-handers
I think you will love this little gadget and hope you will check it out at their webiste:

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Great UGLee Pen! Review and Giveaway

The UGLee Pen is a revolutionary ergonomic pen that is designed, created and used by a real physician. This Doctor-inspired grip pen is redefining the way people view pens and writing.
The UGLee Pen is good for everyone who writes (even just a grocery list), and is especially helpful to people who experience pain and discomfort when writing, for example those with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.,. It's also the best writing utensil  for children who are learning to write and are developing fine motor skills, as well as helpful for special-needs children who find holding a pen or pencil properly difficult. And for high-school and college students who have to take copious notes, this pen helps keep hands and fingers from cramping.

I recieved 3 Uglee Pens for reviewing and giving my honest opinion about this product. They're certainly different in other pens in look and feel. The pens I recived were dark green and kind of resembled a grenade; I thought that was cute, but also a little strange. I have used Uglee pens over the past 3 weeks and honestly, I'm not impressed.  They are more comfortable with a cushy grip; however, this grip is so cushy that it moves your fingers slightly when writing, making it a little difficult to control the tempo of your writing. So. even though its softer to write, I thought it was more difficult to write. It also claimed that the writing would be smoother, but, I did not feel that it did. In my opinion, Uglee pens write like any other cheap pen on the market.

So, in conclusion, it's not a terrible product; those with the ailments listed above may feel more comfort using Uglee pen, but if you don't, you may not like them.

If you would like to check out the product for yourself, you can find them at

I am offering one reader a chance to win a set of Uglee Pens to try out for themselves.

All you have to do is:
*Go to ugleepen's website and tell me one thing you learned about the Uglee Pen (worth 4 entries)
Leave a comment about anything you want, as long as its family friendly (2 entries)

Extra Entries
* Follow on Twitter @ugleepen (worth 2 entries)
*following me on GFC (2 entries)
*vote for this blog "On the Fence" at right sidebar (1 entry)
*blog or place this giveaway linky in another blog (5 entries)

Please leave seperate comments for each entry, as well as, an email address in your comment where you can be contacted if you win.

Contest ends 11/13/11 at 11:59 pm EST,  US only.
-I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Review and Giveaway-Prefense Non-Alcohol Hand Santizer lasts 24 hours!

   Congrats comment #33-Lisa, she is the winner of this giveaway! Thanks for all who entered! More giveaways coming up, hope you will check them out.

 I had the privilege of reviewing Prefense Non-Alcohol sanitizer recently and now I'm offering one lucky reader the chance to win this great product also.

    I have 4 kids, as well as, work as a substitute teacher; needless to say, sanitizer has become a way of life for me. I usually keep a small bottle in my purse and in my bathroom at home as a way of keeping germs at bay; with kids it seems they catch everything going around, so one can never be to safe.
    I'm sure most of you are familiar with the typical hand santizer....runny, stong smelling, and leaving your hands feeling dry. No matter what brand you purchase, its all the same; or at least that's what I thought. I recently received a bottle of Prefense Non-Alcohol Hand Sanitizer for reviewing and was pleasantly surprised to find that this product has broken the rules when it comes to the typical hand sanitizer we are all used to.

     How many of you of have poured out too much hand sanitizer during use? I know I have plenty of times, especially, my children. Prefense Hand Sanitizer is different though, it has a push button on top that gives out just the right amount; and not the runny, watery stuff, but, foamy, so that is doesn't run off the side of your hands.
     Because Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitizer uses all natural ingredients and is non-toxic, you never need to worry about your child accidentally ingesting a product full of alcohol...Prefense Hand Sanitizer contains absolutely NO Alcohol! This also means, no strong scent; this part was a big plus for scent.
    Also, because it is Silica based, unlike traditional hand sanitizers, it won't dry out your hands; I felt this difference almost immediately, my hands did feel softer and smoother.

    I wish I could say at least one thing I feel should be changed about the product, but, I honestly cannot thing of any. I truthfully liked everything about this product, and if I didn't I would be the first to tell you.

   Some other things you should know about Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitizer is:
 -It has the technology to protect you for 24 hours or 10 hand washings!
-Prefense protects against staph, strep, E.coli, drug resistant MRSA strains, and more. They fight germs that other hand sanitizers can’t.
 -Because “one spray lasts all day” 1.5 oz Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitizer offers 120 applications, costing only $.08 per day, compared to $1.20 per day with alcohol hand sanitizers.

     I think this is a win-win, and should be the way all hand sanitizers are made. Again, I would not so strongly recommend this product if I felt it wasn't something I thought you should try for yourself. So, if you would like to buy Prefense Foaming Hand Sanitizer, you can purchase Prefense products directly from their website:: at a great price compared to other retailers. Or you can purchase Prefense on Amazon at this link --> This is a nice option for those who use Amazon perks like "Free Super Saver Shipping" or "Amazon Prime."

 As of August 2nd they have put their NEW and FIRST EVER combo pack in their store at the Prefense website! The combo pack includes a container of hand wipes and a 1.5oz bottle all for just $7.99! Considering both of those items are $6.99 each, this combo pack is 'buy one, get one for a buck' pricing! This is their lowest pricing ever on Prefense and is available exclusively in at their website store!

So now to the good part.....I am hosting a giving for for (1) big 8oz Prefense Hand Sanitizer bottle which offers 640 applications! -- with one spray lasting all day, that one bottle of Prefense could potentially last one user almost 2 years!
 The giveaway is open to U.S Residents only. The winning bottle of Prefense will be shipped directly to the winner.

To Enter:
Leave a comment below this post, it can be about anything as long as its not spam, mean, or contains bad language.

Extra Entries:
Follow Prefense on Facebook (worth 2 entries, so leave 2 comments)
Follow Prefense on Twitter (worth 2 entries, so leave 2 comments)
Add this giveaway to a linky or blog about it, leaving URL in comment for me to check(worth 10 entries, leave separate 10 comments)

Giveaway ends 11/6 at 11:59 P.M. EST
Good Luck and Thanks for entering!

(Be sure to leave an email address in your comments so that I have no problem getting in touch with you should you win)

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Extraordinarily Mom's $25 Gift Card {Giveaway}

The Holidays are fast approaching, and I wanted my first blog giveaway here at Extraordinarily Mom to be a little something to help celebrate. I am giving away to one lucky person, your choice of either a $25 Walmart Giftcard or a $25 Amazon Giftcard.

The giveaway will end October 31 at 12:01 E.S.T. The winner will be contacted and will have 48 hours to repond or a new winner will be chosen.

Thanks for entering and Good Luck!